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									                                            Minutes

      The Physical Therapy Committee of the Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision
met on February 10, 2010. The meeting was held at the office of the Board, 101 NE 51st Street,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in accordance with the Open Meetings Act and the Administrative
Procedures Act. Members present were:

             Staci Freudiger, PT, Chair
             Mary Staley, PT, Vice Chair
             Suzanne Reese, PT
             Nancy Davis, PTA
             Craig Gavras, Public Member

Others present included:

             Robyn Hall, Director Licensing
             Kathy Plant, Executive Secretary
             Sandra Balzer, Assistant Attorney General

      The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. The minutes from the December 17, 2009,
Committee meeting were reviewed. Mr. Gavras moved to approve the minutes. Ms. Reese
seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

       SUSAN DAWN FAIN appeared in support of her application for Physical Therapist
licensure. Ms. Fain had met with the Committee in December. She had been asked to return
with information on a proposal of what direction she would like to take to facilitate her return
to practice and an idea of the number of continuing education hours her dissertation would be
worth. Ms. Fain stated she felt her dissertation would be worth about 80 continuing education
units. She discussed other continuing education opportunities for which she was registered or
planned on pursuing. The Committee suggested that she take the PRT, which could meet all
remaining CEU hours. Ms. Fain said she had recently found out that to take the PRT, she must
be either currently licensed or taking it for the state in which she was previously licensed. She
had been licensed in Texas but never licensed in Oklahoma. Staff was directed to contact the
Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy about her taking it for Oklahoma. The
Committee told Ms. Fain to return in April with results from the PRT.

       STEPHANIE DAWN WILSON appeared in support of her application for
reinstatement of Physical Therapist licensure. Ms. Wilson previously had applied for
reinstatement and been approved pending completion of a supervised practice period and
continuing education. She advised the Committee that she had been unable to complete the
supervised practice because she did not have child care available. Ms. Wilson testified
regarding her continuing education and her observations since she received a temporary
license February 1, 2010. After discussion, Mr. Gavras moved to recommend approval of the
application pending satisfactory completion of 80 hours of continuing education, including at
least six hours of ethics courses, and six months of practice under direct supervision. Ms.
Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

       MARCIA RENEE SALISBURY, PTA appeared to discuss her continuing education
audit. Ms. Salisbury was required to obtain double hours for the 2008-2009 compliance period
due to her failure to obtain the required ethics courses during the previous compliance period.
However, she had failed to complete the required 60 hours before the end of the compliance
period but had completed the hours by January 31st. Ms. Salisbury testified regarding her
reasons for failing to get the hours on time. She said financial constraints prohibited her from
taking courses at the time they were offered. After discussion, Mr. Gavras moved to require
the Ms. Salisbury be required to obtain double hours again for the 2010-2011 compliance
period. Ms. Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

        BETTY POORBOY appeared in support of her application to retake the PTA licensure
exam. Ms. Poorboy's study plan was reviewed. She testified regarding her test anxiety and
her attempts to address it. After discussion, Mr. Gavras moved to recommend approval of the
application to sit for the exam. He further moved to recommend approval for licensure
pending passing the exam. Ms. Reese seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in
the affirmative.

       AMANDA NEWTON appeared in support of her application to retake the PTA
licensure exam. Ms. Newton's study plan was reviewed. She testified regarding her study
strategies. After discussion, Ms. Davis moved to recommend approval of the application to sit
for the exam. She further moved to recommend approval for licensure pending passing the
exam. Mr. Gavras seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

      CHRIS QUILTER appeared in support of his application to retake the Physical
Therapist licensure exam. Mr. Quilter's study plan was reviewed. Mr. Gavras moved to
recommend approval of the application to sit for the exam. He further moved to recommend
approval of the application for licensure pending passing the examination. Ms. Davis
seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

      SHARLA DOWNEY appeared in support of her application to retake the PTA licensure
exam. Ms. Downey's study plan was reviewed. After discussion, Ms. Davis moved to
recommend approval of the application to sit for the exam. She further moved to recommend
approval for licensure pending passing the exam. Ms. Staley seconded the motion and the
vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

       STEPHANIE CRISWELL appeared in support of her application for reinstatement of
PTA licensure. Ms. Criswell testified regarding an arrest in 2000, which had not been reported
on her original application in 2003 or her current application for reinstatement. She stated she
thought since the record had been expunged that she did not have to report the arrest. She
stated she has not had any further incidents since that time. The Committee admonished her
to read the questions on applications carefully in the future and to be honest and forthright in
providing information. Mr. Gavras moved to recommend approval of the application. Ms.
Reese seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

      Applications for examination, licensure and reactivation of licensure were reviewed.
Mr. Gavras moved to recommend approval of the following applications for Physical
Therapist licensure:

             BRIAN DON THIO                            BENJAMIN WAIN WORTH

He further moved to recommend approval of the following applications for Physical Therapist
licensure pending satisfactory completion of the files:

             JOSEPH ARTHUR SMITH                       ERICA LYN MORRISON

He further moved to recommend approval of the following applications to sit for the Physical
Therapist licensure examination and for licensure pending passing the exam:

             STEPHANIE EVA CHAMBERS                    DEMARCUS LARRY GRAYSON
             MELISSA DAWN STEEN

He further moved to recommend approval of the application of WHITNEY ALISON SOLIZ
for reinstatement of Physical Therapist licensure. Ms. Staley seconded his motion and the vote
was unanimous in the affirmative.

      Mr. Gavras moved to recommend approval of the following applications for licensure
as Physical Therapist Assistants:

             DONNA L. LODES-BROOKS                     ALANA ROCHELLE TOLLE

He further moved to recommend approval of the following applications for licensure as
Physical Therapist Assistants pending satisfactory completion of the files:

             AMBER DAWN ADAMS                          JEAN EMMANUEL JOSEPH
             JENNIFER CAROLYN REVOAL

He further moved to recommend approval of the application of DIANNA MAY TRIPLETT to
sit for the Physical Therapist Assistant licensure exam and to approve licensure pending
passing the exam. Ms. Staley seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in the
affirmative.
       The Committee discussed accepting CLEP courses for general education (including
chemistry with lab and physics with lab). A request from Viviana Simmons to accept her
CLEP credit for chemistry was considered. The Committee determined that CLEP credit could
be accepted for general education courses.

      Requests for approval of continuing education courses were considered. A report from
the Continuing Education Subcommittee was reviewed. Mr. Gavras moved to accept the
Subcommittee recommendations. Ms. Davis seconded the motion and the vote was
unanimous in the affirmative. (See attachment #1)

       Staff presented a report on final continuing education audit results. Ms. Staley moved
to accept the audit report. Ms. Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in the
affirmative. (See attachment #2)

        Requests to earn all continuing education hours in Category B were reviewed. After
review, Mr. Gavras moved to deny the request of Linda Utt, PT. Ms. Staley seconded the
motion and the vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Mr. Gavras moved to deny the
request of Eudora Owasso, PT. Ms. Staley seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous
in the affirmative.

      Updates to the Continuing Education Rules in Title 435 Subchapter 9 were reviewed.
The Committee directed staff to initiate the rulemaking process. A public hearing would be
scheduled for the August 5, 2010 Committee meeting.

         The Committee discussed guidelines for granting permission to earn all continuing
education hours from Category B. After discussion, the Committee decided to leave the rule
as it is now and approve the requests on an individual basis based on the merits of the request.

       Ms. Reese reported on progress to update the Physical Therapy Practice Act. She
advised that she had met with representatives of the Oklahoma Physical Therapy Association
to discuss updating the definition of physical therapy. She advised that with OPTA's issues
regarding direct access, it may be difficult to address updating the definition of practice at the
same time. The Committee's concern was that the law, written 50 years ago, does not reflect
current practice. The Committee discussed proceeding with development of a definition of
physical therapy based on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy's Model Practice
Act language. Ms. Reese advised that there were two areas that could be controversial,
“diagnosis” and the description of manual therapy. Ms. Reese was directed to begin work on
new language.

       The next item of business, Listing Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant
specialties on the Board web site, was stricken from the agenda.
         The Committee discussed quarterly co-treatments required for PTAs. The question was
raised about how long the supervising physical therapist should be present for the treatment
and whether it needed to be for the entire treatment time. The Committee ruled that the
supervising PT should be there for the duration of the visit/treatment session, whether it is a
15 minute treatment or a 45 minute treatment, not just one intervention. The Committee
interpreted the language of the rule to mean that it is a “co-treatment” and not a “supervisory
visit", requiring the PT to participate in the visit instead of just watching the PTA provide the
treatment.

       The Committee discussed PTs and PTAs performing different (non-physical therapy)
roles while maintaining licensure. The concern was that PTs and PTAs may be providing
services that could crossover into physical therapy. The public may perceive that the PT or
PTA is providing the service as a licensed individual. The Committee decided to write a
cautionary article for the next newsletter.

       Committee member appointments were discussed. The terms of Ms. Reese and Mr.
Gavras would be expiring July 1, 2010. Mr. Gavras stated he would be willing to serve again if
so desired by the Committee. Ms. Reese said she would not be seeking another term. She had
suggested to the Oklahoma Physical Therapy Association's nominating committee that they
seek another educator to fill her position.

      The Committee requested a discussion of the next newsletter be placed on the April 22,
2010 meeting agenda.

       Ms. Staley mentioned Missouri's jurisprudence examination. She said their exam was
more educational. The applicant can see which questions they missed in order to learn from
the process. Missouri's exam also lists the sections where the answers can be found. The
Committee requested a discussion of the jurisprudence exam be placed on the next agenda.

      There being no further business, Mr. Gavras moved to adjourn the meeting. Ms. Staley
seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in the affirmative. The time was 11:17 a.m.

								
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